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A new Washington Post poll finds that the District is having trouble changing parents’ opinions on the city’s long-struggling middle schools. Only about one-quarter of D.C. residents say they would choose to send their child to a DCPS middle school. In the past three years, just one of Dupont’s Ross Elementary fifth-graders out of 47 attended their assigned public middle school.


  • There’s snow on the ground again and, again, it’s complicating commutes. [WJLA]
  • Mayor Vince Gray and other city officials are traveling to New York to make their annual case for a higher city bond rating. [AP]
  • A GW graduate is vying for gold in the Olympic bobsled competition this week. [News4]
  • Can Councilman Jack Evans be the city’s first white mayor? [Post]


Modern Love: ICYMI, in our latest cover story, meet David Jameson—an architect who wants to make D.C. architecture an export. But first, he has to convince the world that D.C. buildings don’t have to be ugly.

What’s in a Namesake? Should the redesigned MLK library honor MLK?

State of the Arts: The 2014 Spring Arts Guide

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer. (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Jack Evans gets a Post profile, acknowledges he hasn’t found an issue to excite voters. [Post]
  • Middle school problems loom in school reform. [Post]
  • After Harry Thomas Jr. scandal, Children and Youth Investment Trust Corp. can’t account for some grants. [Times]
  • It’s mayoral debates all week. [Post]
  • Shadow Senator Paul Strauss is hoping for a D.C. statehood-themed movie. [Fox 5]
  • Priest at Washington Hospital Center accused of denying last rites to a gay man. [Blade]
  • Deborah Simmons predicts a “sparring match” over proposed employer service fee. [Times]

HOUSING COMPLEX is on vacation. (tips awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer. (tips? aschweitzer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Should a redesigned Martin Luther King Jr. Library honor the man? [Arts Desk]
  • A lot of people watched House of Cards on Friday. [DCist]
  • Chris Brown doesn’t have to turn up at D.C. court this week. [Post]
  • An actress from D.C. stars in About Last Night. [WJLA]
  • Arthur magazine is dead again. [Ad Hoc]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman. (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Testing the secret menus at eight fast food chains [Thrillist]
  • Eastern Market vendor Puddin’ launches a comfort food truck. [Food Truck Fiesta]
  • Caffe Kimchi now open on Capitol Hill. [PoPville]
  • José Andrés potato chips make their way onto Jaleo‘s menu. [Eater]
  • First taste of Roof Bethesda [Bethesda Mag]
  • Where to drink beer this week [Zagat]